Developed from the 1998 Project Vantage concept car, the V12 Vanquish entered production in 2001. The Vanquish marked a large step in the company’s engineering featuring a bonded aluminium chassis combined with many pieces of traditional craftsmanship ushering in a new era for Aston Martin.
V12 Vanquish featured a body tub made from extruded aluminium and Carbon Fibre with extensive use of more Carbon Fibre and composite materials throughout the crash structure of the car. This extremely rigid and safe body-shell was then clothed in hand-finished, Superformed aluminium panels. Underneath the handmade bonnet sat a 460bhp version of the Aston Martin V12 engine, delivering its power via a 6-speed manual gearbox controlled by an electro-hydraulic paddle shift gear change.
Building on the sales success of the original Vanquish the Vanquish S featured an increase in engine power (up from 460bhp to 520bhp) and revised gear and back axle ratios. Top speed was quoted as being in excess of 200mph, making it one of the fastest Aston Martin road cars built at Newport Pagnell.
The exterior panels were still lovingly hand finished in the factory panel shop from Superformed aluminium. Discreet changes to the ‘S’ included a bigger, revised grille, front splitter and a raised rear ‘spoiler’ built into the boot lid to keep the car stable at high speed.
Inside, the Vanquish S showed what could be achieved with beautiful hand stitched leather. The dashboard and many of the smaller interior pieces were now trimmed in hide adding to the bespoke feel of the already impressive coupe or 2+2. Very late cars adopted updated switchgear, an Aston Martin audio system and standard fit Satellite Navigation screen.
Finished in meteorite silver with obsidian black interior, this UK delivered right hand drive Vanquish S has covered under 20,000 miles from new. It comes with a vast history file showing that no expense has ever been spared and a full main dealer service record to support it. This includes an upgraded Alpine sound system with rear camera and the very rare and sought after, manual gearbox conversion by Aston Martin Works. Also included is the original manual, a V5C log book and MOT certificate valid until November 2017.